Chapter 142: The Macalania Woods scramble.

(The Rhapsody Aquatic Force Z! Advance to Survey the area.)

Miss Bliss: This has to be the woods. It’s so mystifying.

Miss Passion: Sure is. But i don’t think that we’re gonna be able to get through this… *Looking at the map* It shows here that there is another path here. up ahead there shows a fork in the road again. one direction shows leading to a place called the Calm lands. but before that there is a part of the path that leads in two other directions. one to a spring of some kind. The other side… to a small like campsite. But the part of the path before that is the fork where if we go straight… it goes onwards to that with the two side paths… and then up to the calm lands… that path before that is with one side path. on the left. Leading off to Bevelle. But up ahead… it will lead into the woods further and then at the end of the woods… a lead over to the Macalania Travel Agency Branch. then to a spot known as Macalania Lake. and then at the end of the path is the Temple of Macalania.

Sir Love: But which way is which here?

Dancing Heartthrob: Not sure. I guess we just walk up ahead and find out.

Rikku tiptoed along up ahead and Spencer ran along with her. He knew what it was like to be afraid of the plains and afraid of an element of nature. She was scared of Lightning. He was scared of fire. But only because of his medical diagnosis. Being Albino. He saw that Rikku had relaxed quite a bit which made him happy. He was having a hard time dealing with the idea that Rikku was downright terrified of the Thunder. it made it all the more bad for Sapphire, Raven and Serena since they had the element of thunder and it made them feel as though Rikku would be afraid of them as well. But wasn’t. Rikku had relaxed as she then realized that they were finally out from that storm. She then hopped up and down as most of the party passed her But some lagged behind. for reasons that revolved around being not so comfortable around Wakka as he was being unkind to the Al Bhed. Rikku was not picking up on what was going on with that angle. The others weren’t gathering on that either. But they too felt that something was up. Auron and Tidus lagged behind. But so did Paul, Crystal, Blossom and Zoey, Sapphire, Raven and Serena. The rest of the fighters were all up ahead…

Auron: You’re worried about Yuna. And So are you girls?

Sailor Zoey: How can we not be worried about her? Tidus is worried about her and so are we.

Tidus: ‘Course I’m worried about her. What is she thinking?

Blossom: She’s gonna get herself in a whole lot of danger. What if the plan she’s got concocted in her mind goes bad? If she doesn’t tell us what’s doing, How does she expect us to help her?

Thunder Star: What does she plan to do with Seymour? She’s not planning on trying to strike some kind of deal with him… is she?

Auron: The simplest answer would be…in exchange for agreeing to marry him…she hopes to negotiate with Seymour.

Tidus: Negotiate what?

Auron: I wonder.

Tidus: What? All by herself?

Miss Thunder: How is it that she’s gonna be able to just handle this mess with Seymour by herself? How does she even plan to negotiate with him?

Thunderic Wonder: What does she intend to use as a negotiation? The Sphere?

Auron: *Chuckling* She’s strong, but Seymour is the better negotiator.

Sailor Zoey: Or maybe more cunning. Kinda reminds me of my brothers Charlie and Zach. They’re cunning. but they can’t negotiate. My mom and dad are the better negotiators towards them. They get into hot water alot and when they got something going on… Luna and Zeke find out about it and my brothers try to negotiate and always flop. Yuna is not any different. She’s gonna need help with what she is planning.

Tidus: Well then, why don’t we do something about it?

Auron: Yuna wants it this way.

Tidus: Argh! I just don’t get it! Doesn’t she trust us?

Paul: She should trust us with what she’s got going on. Doesn’t she want to have us helping her? Whatever it is that she’s got going planned. She’s in need of help. The plan is likely to go south. If it does… You don’t suppose that Seymour’s just gonna go and allow her to walk? He’s gonna have some kind of alternate plan in mind. We heard what that Queen said. Seymour isn’t who they think that he is… We never met the Queen… but if the Queen… Serenity says that there is something not right with Seymour… i would believe that it’s a good idea to listen.

Auron: On the contrary… She doesn’t want us caught up in whatever it is that she’s planning.

Tidus: Yeah, that’s what I thought. But that makes me worry even more. She could just tell us.

Auron: That’s the way she is. She’s naive, serious to a fault, and doesn’t ask for help.

Thunder Star: Wow… Sounds just like us. We have moments like that. Just like when i face off against the bullies trying to screw with the younger siblings of ours. Not too long ago. before all this started… I had to rough up a bully that was rustling with our younger siblings Sakura and Hikaru. They were innocent and weren’t causing any trouble. But… That bully was just itching to start something. I fought the bully on my own. I didn’t ask for help. i was a bit naive too. That bully could have had a knife or a gun on him… but i didn’t care. It was rescue the young ones and don’t back down.

Miss Thunder: Say… Auron… Was uh, that girl… Princess Aquamarine… Was she like that?

Auron: At times when she was determined to face off against the fiends that were coming towards us… Yes. She was Naive. But was not worried about being put in danger. When it came to protecting the Summoner… Nothing else mattered.

Tidus: You’re probably right.

Auron: Yuna’s easy to read.

Tidus: Heh. Yeah, she is.

Auron: But hard to guard. Stand by her, always.

Tidus: *Nods*

Crystal: Was Braska hard to guard?

Auron: According to Jecht, No. To him… there was no other choice or option. To him… it was protect the Summoner and nothing else.

Blossom: Like you, Auron?

Auron: *Nods* Yes. And it also meant everything to Aquamarine. She was determined to protect Braska no matter what it meant.

As soon as the reached where the rest of the crew were…

Rikku: Slowpokes!

Frosty Ice Bubble: What took you guys?

Sir Love: Were you guys having a brainstorm session?

Angelic Bubble: You guys okay?

Sailor Zoey: Yeah. We’re alright.

Tidus: Sorry!

Narrative: *As Zoey* It’s funny how calm we were. Maybe it was because we realized that Yuna wasn’t marrying Seymour for love. Not really. It came to us and we had then realized right then that maybe it was Yuna’s duty. Something that she felt that she just had to do. All before she could return to her pilgrimage… finishing it. That’s what i think that some of us kept telling ourselves, anyway. It was believed or thought that with the things and the path that Yuna was meant to take; It was then that even Tidus may have realized that He and Yuna would never get close to one another. Personally. We already knew that Spencer and Rikku were getting closer and more involved with each other. But also the fact that we were starting to grow distant. Not from each other. But from Wakka. He wasn’t the same person we knew for many years. He changed and it got us thinking that the Wakka we knew for so long… Was only a Facade. But as much as we were hurt by how he was treating the Al Bhed when ever they were mentioned… We couldn’t walk from him without the others all wondering why…

Tidus: Yuna, let’s go.

They started their way up and yet Blossom thought that maybe checking out the path on the right would be a good idea. It was… But that was when…

Lucil: Lady Yuna, it is good to see you made it through safely. And, if I may, congratulations on your betrothal.

Elma: Maester Seymour’s people are expecting you.

Lucil: Take that road to go to Macalania Temple.

Miss Bliss: Thanks.

Yuna: Thank you. *Yevon Bow*

Lucil: We’ve received several reports of summoners disappearing these last few days. Please be careful, my lady.

Dinah: *From the side* We think that it’s the Al Bhed. But we’re just not sure if it’s them who are behind so many of the summoners up and vanishing.

Rikku: *Backing away and feeling a little out of place*

Frosty Ice Bubble: Rikku, *Looking at Rikku* What’s wrong?

Rikku: Nothing. It’s nothing, really. Just the idea that everyone believes it was the Al Bhed behind the Summoners being taken.

Frosty Ice Bubble: It might have been. But we don’t know that for sure. There is no proof that they did the abducting. All anyone knows at this point is that something’s taking them. Someone is behind it. But the big question is… who? Why?

Miss Thunder: *Looking at Rikku* Hey, Rikku… Come over here for a moment. We’re gonna have a chat… a personal chat with our mother.

Thunderic Wonder: We’d like for you to be a part of it. Because this has something that includes you.

Rikku: Uh… Okay.

Thunder Star: Don’t worry. You’re not in trouble or nothing. It’s just a personal talk. that’s all.

Rikku walks over to them and Sapphire, Raven and Serena motion to urge their mother to beg for a few minutes of personal time to talk with her girls…

“Okay. But only 10 minutes. we got watch detail and we’re expected to show up at the temple soon”

Dinah: 10 minutes. if it’s 15… come and get me. I’ll be at the Campsite nearby with my girls. But i’ll be close and i’ll be back. I guarantee it, Capt. *Saluting*

A Minute later…

At the campsite…

Miss Thunder: Mom, we got a real serious problem with Wakka. A big one and you’re not gonna be tickled with the fuzzies when you hear it.

Dinah: *Pauses and Confused* Why? Sapphire, What are you talking about?

Miss Thunder: We’re talking about Race, Mom. Race. As in Racial tendencies running on a parade of a never ending marathon of Prejudice and ignorance.

Dinah: Okay, Sapphire. Cough it up. What’s going on?

Miss Thunder: Wakka is a racist. We know how the hell you get when you catch the scent of racism streaming under your nose. You get really unhinged. Well… you better get into this one… and handle a side of cool towards it. But Wakka is a racist. He is being unfair towards the race of Al Bhed. Blaming them for Sin being brought upon the world. Blaming them for what had happened to his brother Chappu a Yeah ago.

Dinah: *Snaps off* He what?! You are pulling your mother’s chain here.

Thunderic Wonder: It’s true mom. He is placing blame on the Al Bhed. and is all for how Yevon decides to treat the Al Bhed. How the Al Bhed bring nothing but problems and that they should be eradicated.  It is cruel.

Dinah: Oh… That’s it. When this is all over… He and us are gonna have a long talk. I’m nailing him to the wall.

Thunder Star: There’s something else. See this girl next to us?

Dinah: Yeah… *Seeing a young teen girl* I figure that i do. Who is she?

Miss Thunder: You’re not gonna believe this… but this girl. She’s the same one we first met when we were all on that Salvage ship.

Dinah: What?! Wait a moment here… Are you telling me that this girl is Rikku. The same girl we all met on that ship?

Miss Thunder: Yes. I am. She is. *Motioning to the side* Look.

Rikku: *Smiles*

Dinah: Well… I’ll Be. She sure looks different than before. She used to have this suit on. A wet suit as it seemed. *Sighs* I get it. She’s that same girl we met. *Nods at Rikku* It’s good to see you again, sweetheart. You’re a good girl. I am a Knight and have to abide to the Laws of Spira. of Yevon. Unfortunately… And have to take you in, Rikku. But as a mother. and as a caring person… I am gonna make like i don’t know that you’re an Al Bhed. Which Yevon considers a heathen. I don’t think that of you. You’ve done nothing wrong. But Yevon… as twisted as it is… sees it different. So I’m for Yevon’s sake gonna twist things and declare that i never saw you. To protect you. Just because Yevon wants to condemn your kind… they shouldn’t get at you too. It’s not fair and not right. If any of those Yevon clods ask… I’ll… *Chuckles* I never played the village dumbbell card before… but this time i will. You’re always welcome in our family, Sweetheart. *Nods*

Miss Thunder: I agree. What’ll we do though?

Dinah: Till later on when we know what’s really going on and what the reason is that the Al Bhed feels on abducting the Summoners. which i don’t wish to believe it to be them behind it but see that Yevon is viewing as such… Pray that the answers come. fast. Because till the truth comes… her race is gonna be going down hard. *Looking down* This is what i hate about being a server of Yevon. Going at a race of people for their beliefs. It makes me sick knowing that i have to follow in on the dirty attitude Yevon has at the Al Bhed. Is there something else?

Thunder Star: Yeah. Raven’s infatuation with Maester Seymour… In Guadosalam… Seymour has made the pass to Raven to have her look at upon him as a father figure. And the pass was also for us too.

Dinah: What?! *Pauses and feeling numb* I didn’t hear that last part right. Did you just say that Raven was still trying to flirt with a Maester. A Man who just happened to be twice her age? Oh… *Looking at Raven* Raven… I am very upset at you for that one… I am not gonna show it right now because there is no time to relent or reflect about it. You’re gonna have a major lecture when we all get back to Metropolis. A Major Lecture, young lady. I am not kidding either. Your hormones are over active and you were supposed to keep it in check. But since… since you can’t. You won’t be allowed to land a boyfriend till you’re in your early 20’s at least. That means… no dates. of any kind. Your father will be told of this too. So… don’t be thinking that you’re in the clear.

Thunderic Wonder: How about i just stop living? Loving a Maester isn’t a bad thing. And you all are so damn dense to think that i saw the Maester in the way you’re talking about. I Love him as a Role model. As a very hot model… one that you could idolize because he looked as if his body and features and looks were carved by angels. That’s the type of love i was expressing. *Feeling pissed off and hurt and upset* You were looking at me like i seemed to appear like as if i were a whore. or a young slut. That hurts. That really hurts. My own sisters… My own mother… seeing me as if i were a slut. Nice. That’s really nice.

Rikku: *Scratching her cheek Dubiously*

Miss Thunder: Uh, okay… That’s about all… But if you want to know more… you might want to talk to Zoey. and then talk to Luna. There is something that you might want to know about… Something that flashes a golden light from the light source in the night sky.

Dinah: The Moon. *In shock* Zoey contacted the moon Kingdom? You’re high, Sapphire. That’s what it is. You’re high. You on drugs? Zoey can’t contact the Moon Kingdom. She’s not originally from the Moon Kingdom. Luna is. How would it be that Zoey contacted the Kingdom and came in communications with the Queen of the Moon. Queen Serenity?

A Minute later…

Lucil: *Walking over* Dinah, Let’s get on our way… We’ve got to get on our way to the Temple.

Dinah: *Nods* Yes Capt. Let’s go. Sorry girls. But your mom’s gotta split. I have to go. But you be good. And Rikku, Don’t worry about being ridiculed so much. There’s just a lot of tension going around because Sin is still out there somewhere and rampant. There are people just itching to blame anyone that they can because they’re all scared. Fear turns the most loyal and loving person into a monster. Trust me… i know. had moments like that throughout my time of growing up. It’s a kick in the pants. but once you out grow a bit of the fear… it’s not so bad.

A second later…

They all ran back to the rest of the crew and What Wakka didn’t know was that Dinah had daggers for him. But didn’t say a word of it to him. She swallowed it all in and just advanced on with Capt. Lucil and Elma. It was then that they all made their journey ahead…

Miss Bliss: This is gonna take us a little time. But the good part is that it’s one way. so… we have one way forward. One way backwards.

Sir Love: There’s only one way to get lost. That’s by confusion.

Frosty Ice Bubble: We are gonna make it. I know it. This won’t be hard to do at all… Just follow the trail and we’re there.

Growling is then heard and they turned to see a weird looking spider…

Xiphos

Sora: That’s a Xiphos.

Carly: Should we attack it? go around?

Sora: I don’t know… It doesn’t look as if it’s weak towards anything. It looks Immune.

Carly: *Firing Thunder at the fiend*

Sora: *Seeing no effect* Nothing happened. It must have done damage on it.

Carly: But there’s no marks on it. Think that it absorbed the attack?

Sora: How? How could it do that? With what?

Carly: *Seeing the fiend starting to make a move* Uh-oh!

The Fiend attacked and struck at Sora and Carly…

Sora: *Hurt* Owww! That hurt.

Carly: *Feeling weird* I feel weird.

Auron: You’re poisoned.

Kimahri: Poor pups… Need Antidote. who has antidote for Sora and Carly?

Paul: I Do. I’ll settle this one. Then i’ll fry this fiend.

Paul then pulls out an Antidote and walks over to Sora and Carly.

Paul: Here’s some antidote. It should cure you of the poison. Drink it down.

Sora: *Nods* Okay…

A second or so later…

Paul: *Facing the Fiend* Okay… You wanna play with someone? I think that you want to get the burn. *Firing a blast of fire at the fiend* Here is some fire in your eyes and… You can take the pain as a prize! *Burning the fiend up* Some help would be nice here…

Sailor Zoey: *Firing an attack at Xiphos* Moon hearts Cosmic Blast!

It was only with that one attack and with Paul firing his flames at the fiend that got rid of the Xiphos…

Sailor Zoey: Everyone alright?

Sora: Yeah. I think so.

Carly: Me too. That fiend could have killed us.

Paul: It darn near had. But luckily… it hadn’t.

The fighters got back on the trail and pressed on again…

But on their way through the path… they came across several fiends…

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Wasp (FFX)  Iguion (FFX)

Some of the Fiends were of Ice and that meant one thing. Fire. So for the ice fiends Fire was the element to use. For the Water fiends… Thunder. The Chimera however had the capabilities of 3 elements. All except for one. Blizzard. Spencer laid off an attack at it…

Frosty Ice Bubble: *Forming a cross of power in mid-air* Cross of power, Cross of energy. The Frost and ice mold one and the same. Sanctity of Bubble Maiden’s Embrace and Jack Frost’s icy touch… Freeze this Fiend in it’s tracks. Freeze it from within. *Tossing a Cross at the Chimera* Piercing cross of Angelic Frost!

Bubble Gem: *Firing an attack at the Chimera* Flashing Ice bubble Blitz!

Sailor Zoey: *Firing an attack at Chimera* Moon hearts Cosmic Blast!

Lulu: *Casting Blizzara on Chimera*

Kimahri: *Using Lancet on Chimera*

Kimahri learned in that one battle… Two techniques… AQUA Breath! Fire Breath!

Sir Love: We got the fiend. It’s on the ropes now…

Once defeated…

Blossom: What next?

Miss Thunder: we go on ahead. However… The Aquatic team is up ahead and are surveying the area here. Spencer and Penny though are here close by.

Rikku: *Smiles*

The fighters and the guardians had just made it halfway through the woods when suddenly…

Barthello runs up to them suddenly…

Barthello: Hey! You, have you seen Dona?

Tidus: Dona? Can’t say I have.

Wakka: What’s up?

Miss Bliss: What happened? Is everything alright?

Melodic Bubble: You’re saying that Dona is missing?

Thunder Star: Well… how about that? The Summoner who spoke like she was the Cat’s meow… is gone. She must have flown the coop or maybe she was Abducted.

Miss Thunder: Yeah. That is probably what it was… But she could be just lost and went a different route and Barthello lost track. It happens.

Barthello: We got separated on the way here. Damn it all! I’ve got to find her!

Sailor Zoey: Barthello!

Auron: Calm down.

Barthello: But, if anything happens to her…

Auron: Running around in a panic is not going to help. Right now, you have to keep cool, and search.

Barthello: But–

Auron: Guard your emotions, then guard your summoner.

Barthello: You’re right.

Auron: Shall we search?

Barthello: No, I’ve taken up enough of your time. Thank you, Sir Auron. *Yevon bow*

Paige: Barthello, I know how it feels to lose track of someone that is close to you. Dona was kinda mean to a few of us… But she’s your Summoner. She means a lot to you. I’ll come along and help you out. You are out looking for her. but anyone knows that it always helps to have a fresh set of eyes.

Barthello: You’re right.

Miss Bliss: Mom, Are you sure that this is right?

Paige: Yes. You guys are gonna be alright. You have been doing well and didn’t need the extra boost. I know that you girls and you two boys are gonna be okay. You’re strong… Just as i am… You can do it. Help Yuna beat Sin. Help her bring the calm. She needs you and She will be thankful. *Hugging her kids one last time before departing with Barthello*

Barthello: Are you sure about leaving your kids, Ma’am?

Paige: It’s okay. It’s fine. My kids are strong and they will be in good hands. My Nieces and Nephews are strong and determined. as are my kids. knowing that they are together and can make it… it’s good. Plus they know that a mother’s love is always with them.

Barthello: Awwww! That’s being a good mother to the young ones.

Within seconds Barthello leaves on his way to go and search for Dona. Paige went with him and even though it was expected since each of the adults had to go and find their own way… while the new Generation stuck close and helped the Summoner and the guardians. Annie, Daria, Clint and Theodore could only sigh. But they knew that they’d see their mother again. They’d see her again and it would make a wonderful reunion. Now all 3 members of the Original Rhapsody girls Z!, Luna, Jack and Curtis were gone. doing something that they were good at and what they could relate to. Rikku takes a few steps after to see where they were going…

Wakka: What’s up?

Rikku: Oh, I just wanted to wish them good luck. *Thoughtful look*

It was then that Blossom and Zoey began to wonder what Rikku was hiding. They began to think that Rikku knew something and wasn’t telling them the complete story of why the Summoners were being taken and where they were being taken to. However… they never pressed it. They didn’t want to come off sounding as if they were suspicious of her even though they saw that Wakka was already feeling it but that was long since seen as Wakka was being cruel towards the Al Bhed and any mention of them would set him off…

It was then that they were yet again… on their way through the woods…

But suddenly a weird man… who looked just like a bird walked in and was strumming some strings. Like a harp. But the strings were attached to his arm and to his side. It was funny to Sora and Carly. They thought it was a riot…

Sora: *Laughing* Hey, Carly… look at that weird looking man, That is so funny.

Carly: He must be a harp playing bird man. *Laughing* Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

“A butterfly with rainbow wings/Will lead the way to secret things.”

Sora: It even speaks.

Carly: Wow! How cool!

Blossom: A Bird Man playing a harp is telling a fortune. 7 chests and a treasure is ours. Yeah… okay. I think that this is where we get off the crazy train.

Sailor Zoey: Let’s go and find the 7 chests. It’s not gonna be that hard. we just need to grab 7 Blue butterflies. No problem.

It was then that Zoey and Blossom got to finding all 7 blue butterflies however they didn’t get to all 7 in time as they accidentally bumped into a red one and had to fight a fiend. The fighters all fought it and beat it… But the time ran out and they couldn’t get the treasure…

Paul: I think that the treasure is gone. it was all a mind trick.

Crystal: A Mind trick? Good one. remind us to not go along with anymore games like that.

Thunder Star: Let’s get going.

Auron: There’s a clearing up ahead.

Miss Passion: Let’s hope so.

Northern Macalania woods…

Frosty Ice Bubble: *Looking ahead* There’s light up ahead. That must lead to the lake. Let’s go.

Angelic Bubble: Yeah.

Bubble Gem: *Spotting a man nearby* Looks like our favorite merchant’s here too…

Bubbling Star: Oh yeah. There’s O’aka.

Sailor Zoey: *Walking over to the Merchant* Hey there, O’aka.

O’aka: Why hello there Lass’s. What brings ye’ to the woods of Macalania?

Blossom: *Walking over from the side* We’re on our way to the temple.

O’aka: The Temple? Ye’ don’t say. Ye be goin’ to the celebration of Maester Seymour’s wedding too, eh?

Miss Bliss: Yeah. You could say that. What about you? You’re thinking about going over to join too?

O’aka: You must be kidding there, Lass. I must go. I am a merchant. I must go wherever there are a heaping bushel of customers. Me can’t run a business without any customers, right?

Sir Love: You got a point. No customers… No Business.

Dancing Heartthrob: What’s new with you this time?

O’aka: Holiday prices on all items in celebration of Maester Seymour Guado’s wedding! Care to take a look at the prices?

Melodic Bubble: *Looking at the prices for the weapons that might have been needed for the upcoming battles* What! You are kidding us? 27,000 gil for some of the items. 16,000. 20,000. 11,000 then the lowest is 9,000.

O’aka: Too Pricey?

Angelic Bubble: Uh, Yeah! Way too high in price. Lower them down a bit. like making them… 10,000. people are not gonna want to pay 27,000 gil for a Baroque sword. That is nuts.

O’aka: Hmm… How about these?

Miss Thunder: *Looking at the changed prices* 12,500. It’s still a tad high… but they’re alot better than 27,000 for some of the weapons and armor. Better by far.

O’aka: I’ll go with these prices for a while!

Sailor Zoey: You might want to go where it’s warmer. It’s kinda chilly out here.

O’aka: That i will. You keep a good head there, Lass.

A minute later…

Auron: Wait. It is here…somewhere.

Blossom: Huh? What do you mean it’s here?

Tidus: What’s here?

Auron: Something you should see. You girls should see this.

Yuna: But, Sir Auron…

Auron: It won’t take long.

Miss Thunder: What’s he doing?

Thunderic Wonder: Not sure. Maybe he knows what’s here and it’s behind that fallen tree.

Bubbling Star: But what could be behind there?

Frosty Ice Bubble: I would wonder what it is that Auron is trying to show us…

Wakka: Sir Auron, You sure that we have the time for this?

Auron hacked through the fallen tree which leads to a Watery glade… It looked so shiny and bright that there was little to no doubt on whether there was to be any danger… or so they thought…

Macalania woods springs…

Blossom: *Looking at the spring* Wow. That’s one big shiny crystal. And all that water…

Paul: Oh… This is a shiny cave… Not a cave… A Spring.

Alvin: Auron, Have you been holding out on us with the surprise?

Auron: No. This is a place that Jecht and i found 10 years ago. Princess Aquamarine however… Suggested that we keep this spot sealed. Personal.

Arnold: Well… we’re here now. She’s not. It doesn’t seem to make no difference now what she thought. She’s in traction now. But if she’s alive and kicking and… well… waiting for us all… Shouldn’t she be trying to attempt on coming this way to find us? Unless she’s well… trapped in Zanarkand and is unable to get out.

Auron: She gave out specific orders. To bring you all to her. It’s a promise that i made to her.

Avery: *Nods* That’s good enough for me. I’ve heard my share of promises made. Kept… but heard of some being broken. I’ve heard enough of all. So Auron… If you say that the girl Princess Aquamarine made you promise her something and you’re seeing to it that it’s fulfilled. That’s good enough for me.

Miss Bliss: It’s really nice in here.

Tidus: This place… It’s just water, isn’t it?

Auron: This is what spheres are made of. It absorbs and preserves people’s memories.

Bubble Gem: What?!

Sora: Sphere’s are made here?

Carly: *With a wide eye towards the water*

Suddenly…

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The water started to glow and pulse with energy. The fighters all looked at the water and saw as a giant amoeba started to form and then within seconds arose up from the pool…

Wakka: What’s that?

Auron: Fiends are also attracted to these places.

Sailor Zoey: Fiends? Like these? *Looking at the others* Annie, Amy, Sapphire, Blossom… This one might be difficult.

Sora: Not really. It shouldn’t be that tough. It’s a Spherimorph.

Carly: How do you know?

Sora: well… for one…. It’s come from the pool here. There’s water. and plus this is where spheres are made. Where they come from. As Auron said.

Carly: A Spherimorph… Hmm… Let’s fight it.

Thunder Star: You took the words right from me. I am all for the fighting. Battling the fiend like this. Let’s send it on a one way ticket to the farplane.

Angelic Bubble: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Bubble Gem grenade Launcher* Bubble SHINE FLASH!

Bubbling Star: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Bubble Gloves* Bubble STORM!

Melodic Bubble: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Bubble Laser Rod* MUSICAL BUBBLE BEAMS!

Bubble Gem: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph With her Bubbly Harmonica* Sonic Boom BUBBLE FASHION BLITZ…. BANG!

Frosty Ice Bubble: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph With his Frost Scepter* BUBBLE MAIDEN’S FROSTY DREAMS!

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Sora: It’s changing its element. from fire to water.

Sailor Zoey: How can it do that?

Sora: We have to attack it with the element that it’s weak against. We just used water… It’s element is now water. So… What is the opposing element?

Blossom: Thunder. Electricity.

Miss Thunder: Well well… Then i guess it makes things more obvious. Alot more clearer. *Looking to her team* Girls… Let’s get it.

Thunderic Wonder: You got it, sis.

Thunder Star: Let’s shock it.

Blossom: *Firing Electricity at Spherimorph*

Miss Thunder: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Thunder Solar Discs* Thundering Solar SCREAMERS!

Thunderic Wonder: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Jet propelled Lightning shooter* Lightning Rapid STORM!

Thunder Star: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Seismic thunder Boomerangs* Seismic Thunder Howler!

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Carly: Uh-oh… i think that we made it mad. it’s gonna attack…

(fiends attack whether you attack them or not.)

Spherimorph then Used Stomp on the Thunderic Force Z! Serena managed to evade it and get out from it’s path fast…

Blossom: *Firing Electricity at Spherimorph*

Miss Thunder: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Thunder Solar Discs* Thundering Solar SCREAMERS!

Thunderic Wonder: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Jet propelled Lightning shooter* Lightning Rapid STORM!

Thunder Star: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph with her Seismic thunder Boomerangs* Seismic Thunder Howler!

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Lulu: *Casting Thunder on the Spherimorph*

The Spherimorph elemental shifted to fire…

Frosty Ice Bubble: I think that it might be weak against hearts too… So Ice and hearts.

Miss Bliss: Great. Let’s get it.

Sir Love: Right!

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Lulu: *Casting Blizzard on the Spherimorph*

Frosty Ice Bubble: *Forming a cross of power in mid-air* Cross of power, Cross of energy. The Frost and ice mold one and the same. Sanctity of Bubble Maiden’s Embrace and Jack Frost’s icy touch… Freeze this Fiend in it’s tracks. Freeze it from within. *Tossing a Cross at the Spherimorph* Piercing cross of Angelic Frost!

Bubble Gem: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Flashing Ice bubble Blitz!

Miss Bliss: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Blissful Heart Storm!

Miss Passion: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Love’s Passionate FOG!

Sir Love: *Twirling his Heart Rod and Then Pounding it on the ground twice before Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Royalty Love’s MELODY CHARGE!

Dancing Heartthrob: *Twirling his Heart Rod and Then Pounding it on the ground twice before Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Love’s RHAPSODY BLITZ!

Rikku: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her claws* Take that.

The Spherimorph started to shift its element again. This time to blizzard…

Paul: What element is it now?

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Lulu: *Casting Blizzard on the Spherimorph*

The Spherimorph absorbed the elemental attack and countered back.

Lulu: It absorbs all spells except its one weakness!

Paul: Fire being one. It just used Blizzard.

Lulu: *casting Fire on the Spherimorph*

Paul: *Blasting fire at the Spherimorph*

The Spherimorph cast blizzard on the fighters and crew…

Kimahri: *Attacking back at the Spherimorph with his spear*

Sora: *With Carly; casting Thunder on the Spherimorph*

Blossom: *Firing Electricity at the Spherimorph*

Sailor Zoey: *Firing an attack at the Spherimorph* Moon hearts Cosmic Blast!

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Sailor Zoey: *Catching the Spherimorph rising up and flattening itself* Oh…

The Spherimorph rose up and loomed over the fighters and guardians before slamming down on them with its press…

Blossom: *Knocked down* Ouch! That hurt!

The fighters were all knocked down and they couldn’t get up for a moment as they were then stunned. But it wasn’t long before they gathered up and were able to stand.

Miss Bliss: Is everyone alright?

Sir Love: Yeah. i’m fine. I feel like i just got put through the taffy puller. Flattened like a pancake.

Thunder Star: Would you love maple or strawberry syrup on you? *Grins*

Crystal: *Using Psybeam on the Spherimorph*

Blossom: A Direct hit.

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

Yuna then summoned for Ixion and had Ixion attack the Spherimorph.

It used Aerospark on the Spherimorph 4 times then as soon as its overdrive was fully charged; It used the Overdrive: Thor’s Hammer. Ixion shot a stream of lightning from the tip of its horn before it had Spherimorph surrounded in a white shelled Thunderic casing. It had Spherimorph lifted up and was still shooting the stream of Lightning at the fiend before suddenly releasing a medium sized orb of Lightning from it’s horn and sent it right at the Thunderic casing which had the fiend inside causing it to explode. and it seconds later cleared then revealed the Spherimorph hitting the water hard. It was a massive hit. A heavy hit and direct.

Spherimorph was weakened by the attack and it was then that Yuna dismissed the Aeon and everyone came back from the side lines to finish it off…

Sailor Zoey: *Firing a finisher at Spherimorph* Moon Heart Storm!

Romancers Z!: *Combining their weapons together and Firing a group attack at Spherimorph* Love’s Shaking Promise!

Aquatic Force Z!: *Combining their weapons together and Firing a group attack at Spherimorph* Screaming Ice Bubble Flood!

Thunderic Force Z!: *Combining their weapons together and Firing a group attack at Spherimorph* Storming Thunderic Rage!

Blossom: *Firing a big ball of electricity at Spherimorph*

Paul: Feel the burn yet? Here… Take this. *Firing a heavy stream of fiery flames at Spherimorph*

Wakka: *Throwing the Blitzball at the Spherimorph*

Kimahri: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Spear*

Auron: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Katana*

Tidus: *Attacking the Spherimorph with his Sword*

Yuna: *Attacking the Spherimorph with her Rod*

The Spherimorph then warbled and lost control before steaming away and lowering away into the water… It was defeated. In its wake… It left a Sphere… Now since it was safe and there was absolutely no danger near at that moment… The fighters all reverted back to normal form…

Sphere 1: Jecht Sphere.

Wakka: Whoa, this is old! Don’t know if you can play it back.

Annie: What do you suppose it is? It’s a sphere… But does it even work?

Amy: Looks like it’s been here for years and abandoned.

Penny: Who’d leave it here?

Serena: Yeah… and why? Was there a reason behind it or something?

Auron: Jecht left it here ten years ago.

Everyone gasped. Even the fighters…

Auron: Play it back.

Tidus: Mm-hm.

“Auron: What are you taking?

Jecht: Well, you said it was gonna be a long trip. We’ll be seeing a lot of neat things, right? So I thought I’d record it all in this. To show to my wife and kid, you know.

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Aquamarine R.: You really sound like you miss them Jecht?

Jecht: Yeah… Even if my boy is a crybaby alot of the time… i care about him like a father should about him. and also that L word.

Aquamarine R.: You mean Love?

Jecht: *Strained a little*Yeah. He’s my son. I know he’ll be great one day.

Aquamarine R.: That’s why you’re recording all this… to leave something for your little one to enjoy. It’s sweet.

Auron: This is no pleasure cruise!

Jecht: Hey, Braska. Ain’t this supposed to be a grand occasion? Where’re the cheering fans? The crying women?

Braska: This is it. Too many goodbyes — people think twice about leaving.

Aquamarine R.: Jecht, we don’t do this for the status… We are doing this to bring Spira the calm. It needs it now more than ever. As much as we’d like for there to be a crowd of people… we can’t have that. Braska is sure of what he must do. but if he had to say too many goodbyes… his path might change. He might have his mind changed.

Jecht: Hmm… If you say so. Well, it better be a lot more colorful when we come back. A parade for Braska, vanquisher of Sin!

Aquamarine R.: I am sure that it might be. However… there is a chance that we might not return from this Pilgrimage. Although it would be kinda cool. To see a parade for us… For Braska, The man who Executed Sin! Bringing the calm and Love to the world!

Braska: *Chuckling* We should go. Day will break soon.”

Clint: That… Where were they?

Auron: Bevelle.

Susie: Bevelle? *Gasps* That’s the same location where our mom is now. This sphere is ten years old.

Auron: That is correct.

Theodore: There’s more…

Braska: Auron, could you stand closer to him? Aquamarine… see on standing next to Auron.

Aquamarine R.: Yeah. I always did like having my picture taken… *Standing next to Auron*

Auron: *Sighs, eventually standing closer; with his back to the camera*

Braska: Good. *Tips camera up to frame “Lake Macalania” sign* That should do it.

Jecht: What’s the matter? Afraid I might bite?

Aquamarine R.: Auron, one picture isn’t gonna hurt you. This is a memorable part of the pilgrimage. This might be our only time to get a shot like this in.

Auron: Jecht… Aquamarine.

Jecht: Braska! You should take one, too. It’d make a great gift for little Yuna! It’s also gonna be a great gift for Aquamarine’s family as well. Her sister might do handstands seeing this.

Braska: *Nods* I suppose.

Auron: Lord Braska… We shouldn’t be wasting our time like this!

Jecht: What’s the hurry, man?

Auron: *Growl* Let me tell you what the hurry is!

Braska: Auron!

Aquamarine R.: Auron doesn’t like pictures being taken of him… *Chuckles* Oh ho ho ho! Poor thing!”

Tidus: What’s the point? He wasn’t on some pleasure cruise.

Sapphire: Neither was the girl Aquamarine. She’s a lady there in that sphere… She looked like she was taking in the excitement and reeling in for the thrill.

Zoey: I don’t know. She seemed rather happy but then also… rather doubtful. She probably didn’t want to go on the pilgrimage. Possibly not even wish for Braska to go on one either. But was trying to hide it by being all chipper.

Penny: You suppose that she felt that something was wrong?

Blossom: She might have had her suspicions.

Auron: That was taken at Lake Macalania.

Rikku: I think there’s more.

Jecht: Hey. If you’re sitting there, watching this…it means you’re stuck in Spira, like me. You might not know when you’ll get back home, but you better not be crying! Although, I guess I’d understand. But you know what? There’s a time when you have to stop crying and move on. You’ll be fine. Remember, you’re my son. And… Well, uh… Never mind. I’m no good at these things.

Jecht then Approaches the sphere and switched it off… but there was one last bit with no one on-camera…

Jecht: Anyways… I believe in you. Be good. Goodbye.

A moment later…

Aquamarine R.: *Sitting on the ground in front of the spring* Sis, I know that you have been grieving me for years. Thinking that i was gone. But if you’re watching this… it means that i am alive. that the Broken heart was not as real as you thought. And that the Cardiac never happened. I know that you are out grieving me and want to see me again. It just shows that you and i were ever so close. Closer than most siblings would ever dream to be. But there is a time when you have to move on. Moving on and live your life how you wish to live it. I know it will hurt. but i know you can do it. You’re my sister and i love you. if your kids are seeing this… or your grandkids. I am sure that they’re wondering about me. That they’re beautiful… Just like their mother and the kids you had are adorable and lovely. Even Beautiful just like you. Bye for now. But just know that you’re my sis and i love you. That had never changed…”

It was then that the offsprings of Paige, Pearl and Dinah got on their knees and cried… They didn’t know that the girl knew about them. For the longest time they were with the understanding that she was dead and had been gone for a very long time. before they were even a forethought. It got them believing that the girl really was alive. It wasn’t but a moment later that they got back up and dried their tears. While trying to cheer up…

Annie: *Drying her eyes* Aquamarine knew about us. She knew about us the whole time we never knew it.

Daria: *Sniffles* Tell me more about that one… I can’t believe that we were all thinking what we were told was the truth. She’s alive. She’s got to be.

Clint: No more second guessing. We’re going to Zanarkand.

Theodore: We have to help Yuna finish her Pilgrimage first. But… It is off to Zanarkand.

Amy: She must be waiting for us.

Susie: We won’t make her wait forever.

Christina: *Nods*

Penny: Our mom will be really surprised to know that the girl is alive.

Spencer: I think that if our mother was here… she would be crying too.

Sapphire: Auron, We spent a while doubting you on the girl being alive. We didn’t believe it. But now after seeing the sphere. Ten years old. We are finally ready to believe your story. She’s alive. We believe it now. We have more than enough reason to believe it now… It’s in the heart of every Rhapsody. In the memory of every Rhapsody Clansmen member.

Raven: Tell us all you know about her as the moment arises.

Serena: *Looking at Auron* This tough girl here should clobber you for making her cry. But she’s not gonna do it. This was something that we needed to see. Thanks.

Tidus: My father… he sounded almost serious, but it was too late.

Auron: He was serious. Jecht had already accepted his fate. As had Aquamarine. She sometime down the road during the pilgrimage had came to accept her fate. Her resolve was laid out.

Tidus: His fate?

Annie: Her Resolve?

Spencer: Her Fate?

Zoey: Her Fate?

Auron: Jecht… He… He was always talking about going home, to Zanarkand. That’s why he took all those pictures–to show them to you when he returned. But as he journeyed with us and came to understand Spira, and Braska’s resolve… It happened gradually, but Jecht changed. He decided he would join Braska in his fight against Sin. Aquamarine undergone the same change. She changed from being unsure of the path Braska was journeying down… to someone that saw it being the only way out.

Tidus: So then, he gave up going home?

Theodore: She gave up going home back to where her sister was waiting and longing to see her?

Auron: That was his decision.

Narrative: *As Sora* I guess we understood. Tidus’s old man… He knew there was no way home, back to Zanarkand. He wanted to go home, but he knew he couldn’t. He couldn’t go on until he accepted it. Besides…even if he had found a way back…Tidus didn’t think he would have left his friends behind before their journey was complete. We had the idea of Aquamarine having this resolve. She appeared to be someone who knew that she didn’t have another way out. She was wanting to go home but in a world that lived the reality of her being dead… and the fact that she was now set to go on the pilgrimage with Braska and that there was no other way. She could never go home. Her home was forever Spira. Her family missed her and thought for a long time that she really was dead. But it was then that we knew that from what Aquamarine had to go through… It was then that we understood that it was fated. She accepted her own fate.

Tidus: All right! Let’s go, guys!

Zoey: We should go… It’s time to go forward with the pilgrimage.

Narrative: *As Sora* Maybe Tidus had to start accepting his own fate. We accepting ours as well.

The rest of the fighters leave off but Auron hangs back with Tidus, Annie, Amy and Sapphire…

Auron: Wait.

Tidus: Yeah?

Annie: What’s the matter?

Auron: Jecht loved you. And Aquamarine knew about you girls for a while. She let off that before her believed death back where you are from… She and her sister planned out your names. Seeing that the names brought out something unique in you girls.

Tidus: Oh, come on, please!

Amy: They made all that planning?

Auron: He just didn’t know how to express it, he said. And she had her sister who is your grandmother keep it a secret. Till it was time.

Tidus: Enough about my old man, okay?

Auron: I just thought you should know.

Tidus: Okay.

Auron heads off ahead…

Sapphire: *Sighs* Thanks…

It was onwards to Lake Macalania. But now with the first video or recording of their thought to be dead Aunt Princess Aquamarine now Aquamarine… They were all with new belief that their Thought to be dead Aunt now confirmed to be Alive was without a doubt alive and was in Zanarkand. Waiting for them all. The fighters all felt it in their hearts and in their minds… it made it all the more clearer. The Rhapsody New Generation of fighters all embarked on their way to Lake Macalania and closer to the Temple. Several things passed in through their minds. Several… But only one thing stuck out right then… What was Seymour’s real intentions… and What was Yuna gonna do in conditions of accepting Seymour’s proposal? Was she gonna go through with it? Would the fighters be all for it? Serena wasn’t. Tidus definitely wasn’t sold on it. Neither was Sora and Carly, Nor was Zoey or Blossom. They were not liking the idea. In fact they were trying to come with a plan to stop it. If they could even hope to prevent it. But at the lake… they get met by Al Bhed patrol boats. Tromell and Yuna… And they all have to fight another Al Bhed Machina. But it comes out after that Rikku’s an Al Bhed and it causes sparks to fly… What will be done? Who will face off against who? Find out in the next Chapter of the Adventures of the Rhapsody Girls Z! as the Saga Continues…

Spencer comes out with the Confession of him and Rikku being in love and a pair. A Rhapsody Thunderic Force Z! Vs. Wakka on the Racist remarks towards the Al Bhed. Enough is enough and time to shut down the Racism once and for all… in Rikku and Wakka at Odds and Differences are Exposed.

Rikku: Because I’m Al Bhed. And that…was my brother.

Wakka: This is great. I can’t believe I’ve been travelling with an Al Bhed! A heathen!

Rhapsody Thunderic Force Z! to Wakka: “GOD DAMN IT, WAKKA! YOU DAMN RACIST! SHUT THE HELL UP!”

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